Whether managing an organization, a company, a business unit, or just a small team, you know that a combination of understanding, communication, and direction needs to seamlessly come together in order to keep everyone engaged, happy, and diligently on task. Well, it’s easier said than done, as you likely know.
For some, it comes easily, while for others it requires a little more effort. But with some practice and application, our tips can help you become an awesome manager.
Let’s get started.
Tip #1: Building Interpersonal Relationships
Being a manager doesn’t mean you are above the people you are managing. Staff members and colleagues are more likely to cooperate and work hard for a leader that they respect. Exuding integrity and displaying transparency with your staff is critically important. If they feel they can trust you and you show them the respect they deserve, then they will be more likely to deliver—and maybe even go that extra mile. You’d be surprised how much harder people are willing to work out of respect rather than a financial bonus.
It’s a modern twist on “The Golden Rule:” Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you.
Tip #2: Communication is Key
One of the most frustrating elements of working for a company is a breakdown of communication. Often, workers will not complete tasks or fall into the dreaded procrastination trap simply because they do not actually know what is being asked of them. There are loads of reasons this can happen, but our dependency on digital tech is often the first place you should look. You’ve got your emails in one app, group messenger in another, calendar and project manager in yet another—and let’s not even get started on where you keep the countless versions of your latest team presentation.
Spike wants to change all that. We’ve made communication simple. And we’ve combined all your favorite productivity tools in a single app. That’s right! Your entire team on the same page. Finally. No more switching between instant messenger apps and email. No more bouncing between your calendar and your group chat to organize a meeting. And no more miscommunications when one member of your team is reading off last week’s version of that crucial document.
Tip #3: Delegate without Micromanaging
Nothing is more frustrating than being micromanaged. Often, we end up making mistakes we wouldn’t have made if we felt we had some creative freedom. No one wants to be under the microscope, which is why you should delegate responsibility for completing assignments to the appropriate team members. In return, they will respect you for your faith in them, as well as their ability to share some creativity in the end result. Don’t be afraid to delegate – it’s the only way you will be able to take on more work in the future.
Tip #4: Celebrate Achievements
This isn’t a boxing ring – it’s ok to tell your coworker when they did something well. It’s important to celebrate achievements when appropriate, to show other team members that they will be rewarded for going above and beyond. Sometimes, all we want is a pat on the back to keep pushing forward. In reality, people aren’t too complicated – they just want to be appreciated.
Tip #5: Set Goals with Your Teams
Goal-setting is such an important part of keeping people engaged with an organization. Be sure to have all employees set short-term, as well as long-term, goals. It will keep them active with the company and inspire them to grow as time progresses. Take the time to ask everyone about their personal goals, organize one-to-one meeting and set aside face time so that everyone has the chance to share their ideas and concerns. Simply, give everyone a voice and make sure that they are heard.
Tip #6: Have Fun with It
Being a manager doesn’t mean you need to be this cold, distant figure locked away in a private room. Create the working environment you want to work in. Make jokes, play games, start contests, and take the time to talk to your staff. Too many managers get caught up in a seriousness they think is mandatory with the managerial title. Remember to wake up and smell the roses (or the coffee. And even invite your team members for a quick coffee break every now and again).
So what makes a successful manager?
Be yourself, listen to your staff, minimize miscommunications, and engage with your teams on a daily basis. These are what we believe to be the most important characteristics of a successful manager.